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Mechel Reports 2018 Operational Results

Moscow, Russia March 21, 2019 Mechel PAO (MOEX: MTLR, NYSE: MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announces 2018 operational results.

Mechel PAO’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Korzhov commented on the 2018 operational results:

“Global coking and thermal coal prices remained at a fairly high level in this accounting period. This trend was due to two key factors — a stable demand for steel and so for steel commodities in Asia Pacific as well as occasional problems with supply from exporter countries due to infrastructure limitations. Experts expect that global coal trade turnout will go up 10% in the nearest 8-10 years. India, China and several other Asia Pacific states will continue to be this market’s key drivers.

“In response to circumstances caused by an overall shortage of gondola railcars and thus stock accumulation, as well as the necessity of conducting stripping works at an accelerated rate to catch up with the lag of the past few years, operations at our mining facilities in the second half of 2018 and early 2019 were planned as to yield best results in mid-term perspective. In this accounting period our stripping volumes greatly exceeded 2017 results as mining and sales somewhat declined. At the same time we took advantage of a favorable market situation and redirected our coal sales to more profitable markets. For example, in 4Q2018 we diverted our coking coal concentrate in favor of more marginal consumers — Japan and South Korea, increasing our quarter-on-quarter sales to each country by 15%. We also redirected our thermal coal exports to Vietnam, South Korea, India and Thailand. Our sales to Vietnam in particular went up by record 400%. In 4Q2018 we also increased anthracite sales to France by 84% and Germany by 110%.

“By early 2019, the railcar situation stabilized, which enabled us to start decreasing our accumulated coal product stocks. Our technical upgrade program continues which helps revamp our mining fleet and replace aged mining machines, to ensure efficient operations at our mining assets.
“Elga Coal Complex has demonstrated significant growth on all key counts. We brought mining volumes up to 4.9 million tonnes (+19% as compared to 2017). Sales volumes amounted to 3.2 million tonnes, which is a 14-percent increase.

“At Korshunov Mining Plant which faced a shortage of rolling stock and the need for a major increase in stripping, we decided on a path similar to those of our other mining assets — of redirecting resources in favor of boosting stripping works. Our production and sales of finished products reflected this as iron ore concentrate sales went down by 21%. The plant also reduced sales to Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant, which had less need of iron ore due to equipment repairs.

“The steel division also demonstrated a minor decline in last year’s operational results due to major repairs conducted at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant and Izhstal. This year the repair program will continue, but is not likely to have a negative impact on our production and sales results.
“With our steel production reduced, we focused on more marketable products. For example, in the second half of 2018 we more than quintupled stainless steel output as compared to the first half of the year. We see ample opportunities for import substitution in this segment and plan to continue restoring our position in the stainless steel market.

“We also focused our efforts on producing and selling sections which are currently more profitable than rails. In 2018 our universal rolling mill mastered output of 17 new profiles which brings the total of those mastered since 2013 to nearly 70. Worthy of note is that most of these profiles are new for Russia and enable us to successfully substitute imports. In 2019 we plan to master production of 10-11 profiles more.

“Stable demand for railroad axles creates a good basis for increasing supplies of components for rolling stock production and repairs. In 2018 Urals Stampings Plant boosted stampings sales to wagonbuilders by half.

“The minor decline in hardware sales (-5%) was mostly due to a decrease in sales of third-party products. In 2018, Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant completed the investment project launching production of import-substituting multi-strand polymer-coated wire ropes, which will enable the plant to expand its position on the domestic hardware market. Polymer-coated ropes are due to replace their imported counterparts for Russia’s mining and oil industries as well as bridge construction and shipbuilding.

“Last year’s situation in the ferrosilicon market was characterized by good prices and stable high demand. Bratsk Ferroalloys Plant was working at nearly its full capacity, which also led to an 11-percent increase in its overall sales volumes. The increase was noted in both domestic sales and exports.

“Electricity generation by our power facilities went down by 5% in 2018 due to repairs at South Kuzbass Power Plant. The three-percent increase in heat output was due to a colder winter and an extended heating period.”
 

Production and sales for 2018

Production:


Product Name

2018,
thousand tonnes 

2017,
thousand tonnes

%

4Q2018,
thousand tonnes

3Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Run-of-mine coal

18,813

20,638

-9

4,341

4,781

-9

Pig Iron

3,690

4,029

-8

872

889

-2

Steel

3,881 4,274 -9 905 925 -2

Electric power generation
(thousand kWh)

3,250,599 3,427,430 -5 882,525 625,884 +41

Heat power generation
(Gcal)

5,741,320

5,581,204

+3

1,799,234

665,938

+170

Sales:


Product Name

2018,
thousand tonnes

2017,  
thousand tonnes 

%

4Q2018,
thousand tonnes

3Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Coking coal concentrate

7,149

7,942

-10

1,747

1,881

-7

Including coking coal concentrate supplied to third parties

4,258

4,797

-11

990

1,207

-18

PCI

1,237

1,465

-16

245

312

-22

PCI supplied to third parties

1,237

1,465

-16

245

312

-22

Anthracites

1,169 

1,613

-28

291

230

+26

Including anthracites supplied
to third parties

968

1,400

-31

244

183

+33

Thermal coal

5,290

6,141

-14

971

1,298

-25

Including thermal coal supplied
to third parties

4,538

5,404

-16

819

1,144

-28

Iron ore concentrate

1,972

2,510

-21

574

551

+4

Including iron ore concentrate
supplied to third parties

140

30

+362

98

24

+301

Coke

2,440

2,686

-9

609

616

-1

Including coke supplied
to third parties

697

771

-10

195

196

-1

Ferrosilicon

74

67

+11

20

17

+18

Long rolls

2,731

2,919

-6

621

699

-11

Flat rolls

481

581

-17

91

119

-24

Hardware

622

651

-5

143

165

-13

Forgings

44

45

-3

11

11

+6

Stampings

143

96

+48

33

38

-13


Key investment projects progress

Universal rolling mill:


Product Name

2018,
thousand tonnes

2017,
thousand tonnes

%

4Q2018,
thousand tonnes

3Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Sales of rails

244

357

-32

61

90

-32

Sales of sections

282

268

+5

71

69

+3

Elga coal complex:


Product Name

2018,
thousand tonnes

2017,  
thousand tonnes

%

4Q2018,
thousand tonnes

3Q2018,
thousand tonnes

%

Run-of-mine coal

4,923

4,154

+19

1,024

1,359

-25

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Mechel PAO
Ekaterina Videman
Tel: + 7 495 221 88 88
ekaterina.videman@mechel.com

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Mechel is an international mining and steel company. Its products are marketed in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa. Mechel unites producers of coal, iron ore concentrate, steel, rolled products, ferroalloys, heat and electric power. All of its enterprises work in a single production chain, from raw materials to high value-added products.

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Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of Mechel, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. We do not intend to update these statements. We refer you to the documents Mechel files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 20-F. These documents contain and identify important factors, including those contained in the section captioned “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in our Form 20-F, that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, the achievement of anticipated levels of profitability, growth, cost and synergy of our recent acquisitions, the impact of competitive pricing, the ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals and licenses, the impact of developments in the Russian economic, political and legal environment, volatility in stock markets or in the price of our shares or ADRs, financial risk management and the impact of general business and global economic conditions.

21.03.2019

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